filtered by Discernment, Vision & Planning
By Greg Syler
Ministry isn’t an intellectual, theoretical exercise. Ministry involves real people living real lives in real time, and, like it or not, I am also one of those people – not better or different or more or less capable of anyone else of seeing what God intends for these congregations.
By Chris Yaw
By Linda Buskirk
“Por qué planificar estratégicamente” por Linda Buskirk invita a los líderes de feligresías a considerar el valor de discernir el llamado de Dios como comunidad mediante la reflexión en oración y la conversación sobre los dones que Dios proporcionó exclusivamente a su feligresía y las necesidades existentes en el mundo que lo rodea.
By Mike Chalk
The work of discernment asks the leadership to consider slowing down the process and allowing the congregation to enter a more substantial conversation.
By Jane Patterson and John Lewis
How can you tell when a ministry is no longer viable?
By John McClung and Mary McClung
How does true spiritual discernment work with nuts-and-bolts issues like vision statements and parish budgets?
RenewalWorks grew out of the Diocese of Chicagos Episcopal Spiritual Life Renewal Program. Facilitator Clarence Langdon describes the process developed for congregations.
By Peter Strimer
By Robert Wright
Robert Wright encourages us to make explicit our fire – our common purpose - and to keep it “in front of us” as it will bless our common life in exciting ways.
The most effective leaders have always created teams to work with and lead with them. Take Moses in the story of Exodus, or Jesus and the apostles in the New Testament, or Martin Luther King Jr. in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Our own ministries could be more rewarding if we intentionally structured better teams in all areas of church life.